Now Grade 3 with extensive vascular invasion - scared!

I had my post WLE/SNB appointment yesterday and was told that it’s Grade 3 not 2 and there is extensive vascular invasion, plus Micromets in 2 out of 4 nodes. I’ve been really calm since diagnosis but now I’m feeling scared that it’s more aggressive than they thought. I am 42 with 2 small boys age 7 & 2. I will start chemo in Jan. Does anyone know what the vascular invasion indicates, as the dr said this was the most important bit of info on the report and raised a ‘red flag’ which has worried me a bit. Many thanks xxx

Hi Minig
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Here’s a link to the BCC publication ‘Understanding your pathology results’ which includes some information about vascular invasion’ :

Take care
Lucy BCC

Hi Minig


I too had VI, a Macmillan nurse told me that it sometimes happens when the blood vessels are severed during surgery. My BCN also said that they don’t see it as a significant event, especially when a treatment plan has already been set up. They didn’t tell me until after my fourth chemo treatment. But chemo should clear that up. They probably ‘red flagged’ it because they initially thought you were grade 2 and might not have needed chemo. Now they  know you are grade 3 and have 2 nodes affected, chemo is necessary for you anyway. The best thing you can do, is join a monthly chemo group for support. If there isn’t a January one already, start one yourself. I am a February Valentine (Feb 2013) and I don’t know how I would have coped without all my buddies. 


Sending hugs and best wishes

poemsgalore xx